Already a massive star in her native Ukraine, who represented her country in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, MIKA NEWTON is ready to take the American pop music scene by storm!
A beautiful dynamo with a soaring, agile soprano and charmingly gregarious personality, Mika was born in Ukraine in 1986. Mika taught herself to sing at an early age by imitating famous artists she heard on the radio. She began begging her mother to invite friends over so she could have an audience to perform in front of. “"I didn't know if I wanted to be a singer, but I knew I loved performing," says Mika.
By age nine, she was entering regional voice competitions. This gave Mika her first taste of a real stage – and she wanted more. "I’m so honest on stage,” she says. “It's when I'm my true self. I think the more honest you are, the more people will connect with you, and that's when you can really make an impact.”
It wasn’t until she saw a video of Michael Jackson performing his international sensation, “Earth Song” that Mika decided to pursue her dream. “I didn't know who he was or where he was from, but the passion in his performance was inspiring," she says.
Mika quickly enrolled in performing arts school where she studied voice, piano, acting, dance and pantomime. She continued to compete in both local and international talent competitions, taking first place in nearly every one of them.
At the age of 16, Mika moved from her hometown of Burshtyn to Kiev, where she studied out of the Vocal Department at the College of Circus and Variety Arts.
She caught the attention of some of the music industry’s biggest players, who immediately fell in love with her spunky personality. Mika went on to release two albums and, thanks to providing theme songs to a number of popular Ukrainian and Russian films and television shows, earned herself the nickname, the “Queen of Soundtracks.”
It wasn’t long before she drew interest from JK Music Group and founders Julia Kurbatova and Oleg Shmeley, who recognized her star potential. They invited Mika to Los Angles for a two-week recording session with legendary songwriter Walter Afanasieff, whose resume includes several Mariah Carey and Celine Dion hits. Mika also got the opportunity to perform in front of Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson. "I could feel his [Randy’s] energy, and knew right away he was something special,” she says.
In February 2011, Mika was selected to represent Ukraine amongst 43 countries competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. Her entry “Angel” took fourth place in the finale in Dusseldorf, Germany. But the memory of her time in America still lingered, so a few weeks later, she decided to pack her backs and move across the Pacific.
Mika has since devoted herself entirely to her work. She spends most of her days either locked in the recording studio, practicing her English, or attending acting classes.
Launching a career in the U.S. has been a roller coaster ride for Mika, who turned down several lucrative offers and guaranteed stardom in her home country for the opportunity to make her voice heard world-wide. She’s had to essentially start all over again - a challenge Mika faces enthusiastically. "I want to help people with my songs,” she says. “Not just people back home, but people all over the world. Especially children. And I mean, really help them."
Mika is strongly committed to charitable work. She frequents events at foster homes and juvenile detention centers and participates in auctions to benefit disadvantaged youth. "I feel I have a strong message for young people. I want to share my experiences and show them that yes, you can achieve your dreams if you're willing to work hard. Just don’t ever quit. No matter what."
On February 21, 2012, Mika released her debut American single, “Don’t Dumb Me Down.” Directed by Mark Klasfeld, who has worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, and Jay-Z, the video premiered on MTV’s Buzzworthy and came in the top 5 highest rated, most viewed, most shared videos of the week on their official website.
Besides promoting her new U.S. single, Mika has captured the attention of the Chinese Media. In March of 2012, she traveled to make a guest-appearance on “Maoren Queen,” a reality show similar to “The Hills.” “Don’t Dumb Me Down” serves as the theme song, and the show is a certified hit! According to Sohu.com, “Maoren Queen” drew 31 million viewers in its first three weeks. The episode featuring Mika was seen by over 12 million!
On October 2nd 2012, Mika officially released her second single, "Come Out and Play,” and followed that with a promotional tour, performing live in New York City, Las Vegas and Miami.
At the beginning of 2013 her song caught the attention of heavyweight British DJ and producer Paul Oakenfield, who successfully transformed “Come Out and Play” into the perfect summertime dance floor beat.
"Mika rocks the mic in the studio, and has the voice and talent to be a pop sensation,” says Oakenfold, who has remixed artists such as Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spear, Justin Timberlake, and more recently, Bruno Mars.
Mika’s unique personality allows her to dabble in an array of musical styles, from pop-rock to opera, dubstep to punk. “I'm so happy I got the chance to work with Paul,” she says. “Not only is he a great DJ, but he’s a sensitive musician and deep person. Our combination of music, love, and light are what you can hear in this remix.”
Together, Mika and Oakenfold made an exclusive appearance at the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach (March 2013). They performed in front of a packed venue of over 2,000 club goers, and afterwards, the crowd was in awe of Mika’s performance.
In April 2013, Mika began performing acoustic shows throughout Los Angeles.